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  1. I've never used a Deus I so I have no context or knowledge about what options the Deus II has for audio out. If I understand correctly, there is no Bluetooth. I currently use an Equinox with the wireless module plugged into my favorite earbuds. Is there an option like this or do the earbuds get plugged into the remote control? I don't want to wear the wireless headphones because I live in Florida and will likely drown in the sweat. I tried looking at the manual, but I didn't see what I was looking for. Thanks for any insight you can give.
  2. Talking with Calabash. Seems ws6 headphone module will work with headphones that has slide hookup for wireless headphone module used with Deus 1. I have infact ordered one such pair of headphones a short while ago from seller serious detecting. Their site doesn’t yet reflect ws6 module being capable of fitting their headphones they sell for Deus 1. When I receive my full headphones and Deus 2 unit I will do short video and post here in this thread. I ordered these. https://www.seriousdetecting.com/product/quest-hd-compatible-wireless-headphones-xp-deus-ws4-module/
  3. I got an email inquiry and wanted to share my reply here….. Hello Steve, What's your thoughts on cold weather winter metal detecting, I'm thinking of trying it....... i.e. lowest temperatures for metal detector use, best metal detector for cold weather, etc..etc... Thank you There are no particular limitations around cold weather detecting other than your comfort, and target recovery. The last is why I stop detecting in winter. If snow is in the ground I can’t get to what I want to find, and even if not, the ground is frozen. Frozen dirt is like digging in asphalt. Some very dry desert areas are detectable in frozen conditions, but anyplace with moist ground you may as well just forget it. You can detect snow, like recent drops in playgrounds under equipment, or ski/sledding slopes. Jewelry would be the main goal for those doing that. A small pick or digging shovel works well as long as the device can chip/dig in snow compacted into ice. You don’t detect fresh loose snow, but well traveled packed snow areas. Any detector will work. Some LCD displays may grow dim or even blank in very cold weather, but no way to know which machines are prone to that short of trying them. So in general it would be best to be set to dig more by ear than eyeball. Use low temp batteries like Energizer Lithiums. Some newer models with built in NiMh batteries may get shorter run times due to cold batteries, so replaceable batteries would be more reliable. But not something I’d worry about too much initially. Personally after living a lifetime in Alaska I’m over cold weather, and simply choose to detect when it’s more comfortable. Hope this helps, Steve H The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert W. Service There are strange things done in the midnight sun By the men who moil for gold; The Arctic trails have their secret tales That would make your blood run cold; The Northern Lights have seen queer sights, But the queerest they ever did see Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge I cremated Sam McGee. Now Sam McGee was from Tennessee, where the cotton blooms and blows. Why he left his home in the South to roam 'round the Pole, God only knows. He was always cold, but the land of gold seemed to hold him like a spell; Though he'd often say in his homely way that "he'd sooner live in hell." On a Christmas Day we were mushing our way over the Dawson trail. Talk of your cold! through the parka's fold it stabbed like a driven nail. If our eyes we'd close, then the lashes froze till sometimes we couldn't see; It wasn't much fun, but the only one to whimper was Sam MCGee. And that very night, as we lay packed tight in our robes beneath the snow, And the dogs were fed, and the stars o'erhead were dancing heel and toe, He turned to me, and "Cap," says he, "I'll cash in this trip, I guess; And if I do, I'm asking you that you won't refuse my last request." Well, he seemed so low that I couldn't say no; then he says with a sort of moan: "It's the cursed cold, and it's got right hold till I'm chilled clean through to the bone. Yet 'tain't being dead--it's my awful dread of the icy grave that pains; So I want you to swear that, foul or fair, you'll cremate my last remains." A pal's last need is a thing to heed, so I swore I would not fail; And we started on at the streak of dawn; but God! he looked ghastly pale. He crouched on the sleigh, and he raved all day of his home in Tennessee; And before nightfall a corpse was all that was left of Sam McGee. There wasn't a breath in that land of death, and I hurried, horror-driven With a corpse half hid that I couldn't get rid, because of a promise given' It was lashed to the sleigh, and it seemed to say: "You may tax your brawn and brains, But you promised true, and it's up to you to cremate these last remains." Now a promise made is a debt unpaid, and the trail has its own stern code. In the days to come, though my lips were dumb, in my heart how I cursed that load. In the long, long night, by the lone firelight, while the huskies, round in a ring, Howled out their woes to the homeless snows-- O God! how I loathed the thing. And every day that quiet clay seemed to heavy and heavier grow; And on I went, though the dogs were spent and the grub was getting low; The trail was bad, and I felt half mad, but I swore I would not give in; And I'd often sing to the hateful thing, and it harkened with a grin. Till I came to the marge of Lake Lebarge, and a derelict there lay; It was jammed in the ice, but I saw in a trice it was called the "Alice May." And I looked at it, and I thought a bit, and I looked at my frozen chum; Then "Here," said I, with a sudden cry, "is my cre-ma-tor-eum." Some planks I tore from the cabin floor, and I lit the boiler fire; Some coal I found that was lying around, and I heaped the fuel higher; The flames just soared, and the furnace roared--such a blaze you seldom see; And I burrowed a hole in the glowing coal, and I stuffed in Sam McGee. Then I made a hike, for I didn't like to hear him sizzle so; And the heavens scowled, and the huskies howled, and the wind began to blow It was icy cold, but the hot sweat rolled down my cheeks, and I don't know why; And the greasy smoke in an inky cloak went streaking down the sky. I do not know how long in the snow I wrestled with grisly fear; But the stars came out and they danced about ere again I ventured near; I was sick with dread, but I bravely said: "I'll just take peep inside. I guess he's cooked, and it's time I looked";. . . then the door I opened wide. And there sat Sam, looking cool and calm, in the heart of the furnace roar; And he wore a smile you could see a mile, and he said: "Please close that door. It's fine in here, but I greatly fear you'll let in the cold and storm-- Since I left Plumtree, down in Tennessee, it's the first time I've been warm." There are strange things done in the midnight sun By the men who moil for gold; The Arctic trails have their secret tales That would make your blood run cold; The Northern Lights have seen queer sights, But the queerest they ever did see Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge I cremated Sam McGee.
  4. Hi to All, Not much meat on the bones here for the experienced hunter, so read on at your own boredom. I did not realize that I had never posted on Steve's site before, so part of pinning this on the board is to escape the Lurker rap. The other reasons for posting? So we can review common sense principles that I wandered away from that you should respect: Always power up your detector before leaving the house Always run a target over the coil of your detector before you leave the house Have a backup detector and always take it with you when you leave the house If you choose not to have a backup and have only one detector that is a rare older design that nobody repairs, grief is in your future At the beach over a week ago my detector would turn on but not respond to targets run over the coil. The machine in question is an Eric Foster Goldquest Aquasearch v.2, which is a pure PI designed for beach/shallow water only. No many around anymore, no parts available and few if any work on them. Bad place to be, and I put myself there without anyone's help. What I realized right away is buying a top shelf backup PI right now is next to impossible- they do not exist in number. Garrett buying out White's made the TDI Beach Hunter scarce, plus everyone is holding their Dual Fields and/or Surf PI's. The used detector market is hotter than the used car market. Thanks, but no Seahunter or 7lb ATX for me. It may be a multi-freq machine is in my future because it is the only viable option- we shall see. As for the Goldquest Aquasearch, after many failed inquiries I found that East Texas Metal Detectors works on Eric Foster machines. Thank you Steve H. for the suggestion (via earlier post search). All is well for now in Redondo Beach. -Jerry
  5. Would like a little input. I just sold a New Nox800 and took a $60 loss.Because when I bought it in July 2021 thought I would be using it but turned out I was kinda busy and Sold it yesterday. But I was looking around and saw the Nokta Brand ,Never heard of them but after reading a tads I liked what I was reading about the Nokta Makro Anfibio. Seemed like the price was right and it seems that its built in Istanbul Turkey(Better then everything else made in Asia} I see that a New Nokta Legend Pro is out and Not sure if its better then the Nokta Makro Anfibio?But I feel that there might be a replacement soon with the Makro Anfibio since its a few years old and seems every metal detector company are upgrading their detectors much sooner.............JT
  6. As if that were not enough, after having to create a new straight rod for the detector that I used immersed for 20 minutes, considering the new storm that arrives, today I have chosen an even worse scourge ... I have been waiting for months to complete a decent trolley that will help me transport cylinders and dpv without sinking into the sand and today might be the day🤣. It is out of the question that I buy balloon wheels at that price and I don't like the Idea of punctures happened in the past. So I'm recreating from a scratch the trolley with a bigger contact surface hopefully good to better distribute the weight on 6 wheels. Now the big problem that separates me from finishing the structure and mounting the containment sides Is a mix of aluminium and stainless steel not properly friends when soldering. Question now Is: Will this project finally see the light?🤣 At the worst, this crap will finish with bolts😁...
  7. First off I hope everyone has a Happy New Year and 2022 is full of outdoor detecting adventures that exceed your wildest expectations. I personnaly can't get out enough and when I do frankly a loser day is a winner for me.....of course a few nuggets will make it even better! I'm tossing out to the readers a location I found about a year ago. It's very unmentioned on the web and pretty much anywhere. The townsite of Saint Marys outside of Imlay NV. It's on the banks of the Humboldt River. Only one stone foundation still around. This location is commemorated with a trail marker on the California Emigrant Trail. When detecting I found and unbelievable cache of boot tacks. A saucer, square nail and a small intact perfume bottle. I was using my now in mothballs Whites DFX 300. I can't blame the equipment I'm new to detecting. I plan to go back with my Gold Bug and see if I can find more than boot tacks. The reason I'm posting this is.....does anyone have any information about this townsite? Have a safe New Years to all.
  8. Last week were purchased over 250 grams of these large gold nuggets. While we purchase a lot of gold jewelry and bullion in Boise and Nampa Idaho, this amount of gold nuggets marks a first for us. I am curious the realistic ask value of these? Most of these were under 1 gram, but there were about 100 from 1gram-4grams. The largest just over 15grams. -Sam from https://pawnidaho.com
  9. Hello wasn’t sure which forum to put this in, I was curious if anyone is involved with any type of a equipment share agreement with a club or individually with other partners? Where are you interested in maybe starting one? Knowing how expensive some of the better detectors are, I was curious about the feasibility of sharing one with other partners. It would be especially beneficial for someone like myself that probably only detects for a total of just a few weeks if that out of the year. I realize there’s a lot of risk if it’s not done correctly. It may be necessary to have that based on credit deposits or other means of ensuring the safety of the equipment. And to reduce wear and tear on the equipment, one option is if partners owned their own coils and covers, and borrowed or rented the main unit when they go out. Sure would be a affordable way to be able to use a detector like a GPZ or 6000 for a lot less, especially for those of us that can only go for a short periods. I guess there will be other details like who owns it and what happens if people want to quit. That can be ironed out in the agreement as well, There are some great resources of other types of equipment share projects online along with their agreement forms to cover this. Also, are there any commercial companies in the western US that rent them, particularly in Az? I know some people buy new ones and then flip them after their trip but that’s a big loss that I don’t want to do anymore. Anyway, let me know if you’re interested or if you can answer any of my questions above. Thanks, Anthony
  10. I chase the old gold pocket prospectors who worked out the pockets long ago. What they missed were cleanup during the 1930’s depression. Over the last 170 years the ground has been worked hard by ground sluicing and fires. The hillsides are steep, rocky and thick in brush, vines and canyon oak. The lower elevation red soils favor buckbrush with the east belt soils favoring manzanita. Over the years I have come up with a method for picking up the old timers leftovers that requires crawling under and through these hillside thickets. I have patch-worked together a couple of VLF detectors and I have a good PI detector for the hot ground. What I looking for is a rugged waterproof wireless multi frequency (either in the coil or controller) VLF detector with a 9x5 enclosed Double D coil, an adjustable 150 ohm wireless headphones with one ear cup and a telescoping shaft. In a full multi frequency and individual range of 14, 20, 30, 40, 45, 50 kHz with adjustable polyphonic 5 tones. A modified the Equinox 800 costs to over $1200, the XP ORX is too limited and along with the Deus untested on these California soil types. I have had luck with the Makro Gold Racer but it is limited to 56 kHz & I hate the tones. The Minelab 705 has been a good fit but is dated and limited to 3, 7.5 and 18.75 kHz. The Nokta Makro Legend may be a fit along with the XP Deus II. However far and few between when I get to the top or discover a long hidden camp I scan for coins. Any recommendations based on real gold prospecting experience on mineralized ground?
  11. Second video by Gary Blackwell of the Deus ll Beta
  12. After a 6 year break I decided to start metal detecting for nuggets again. Background: I used to live in Temecula, CA and used to go to the Dale Mining District as well as the El Paso mountains. Back then, I started by taking a metal detecting prospecting field trip taught by Michael Greyshock. I used a Gold Bug Pro with the DP coil at that time and it was pretty tough with the iron stone in the Dale Mining District. I later purchased a Garret ATX but only used it a few times and sold it for a variety of reasons. It had great electronics but in a terrible package. Also the falsing when bumping against anything would drive me nuts. Anyway after 4 years of prospecting I got tired of digging trash and spending lonely nights in the dessert, so I gave it up. I retired last year when I turned 60 and my wife and I moved from Scal to Mesquite, NV. I recently purchased a SDC 2300 and thought I would give it a try again. I still have the Gold Bug Pro with all 3 coils also. Gold Basin is about a 3 hour drive and I plan to go there tuesday and return on thursday. I use "Backcountry Navigator" on my tablet for maps and gps navigation. I looked up the currently active claims on "thediggings.com" website and see they are pretty much clustered in the middle of the basin area. It would be handy to have a gpx or kmz overlay map file of the active claims that I could load on my tablet but I don't know if something like that exists. I prefer to detect on BLM land instead of claims and I don't mind getting remote and hiking. This will be my first trip to GB and any pointers or advice would be appreciated. I drive a brown 2010 Toyota Tundra double cab 4x4 long bed, with a color matched camper shell and NV plates, in case any of you are in GB on the same days and would like to say Hi. Regards, Ceril
  13. I've moved from Oregon to Republic, WA and am looking for anyone familiar with prospecting in this area. Ferry County has produced somewhere around 4 million ounces of gold and still has active gold mining going on. In particular, I'm looking for places that would be good test grounds for metal detectors. Feel free to respond on the forum, or via PM if you prefer. Thanks, Carl
  14. I searched the forums and was not able to find an answer to this question: So when I find a used Minelab SDC 2300 how do I go about verifying that it is authentic when I go to inspect it with the seller? I looked on the minelab website and it appears there are several methods that dont require you to take it to a dealer but it is not clear to me how it is done. Is there a hologram viewer supplied with a new unit and then you enter the sn# plus the hidden code into minelab online verification app?
  15. Hello, I’m not sure where to post it: would anybody know a good documentary on metal detecting/treasure hunting (technology, applications, history) of interest to upper high school students? Cheers!
  16. Hello All, Just a warning for anyone wearing unsupported footwear! The "malady" referenced above can hopefully be preventable, or at least reduced, for us "older" folks here!! I have occasional flare-ups, if I don't pay attention to my footwear support! My sandybeach footwear, hit me with a vengeance today! As I (stupidity) thought, I was healed enough from a less severe bout, from about 2 weeks ago! I had switched from "water shoes" to above the ankle neoprene "dive boots" with a non-skid bottom, to keep all the sand from grinding my toes to hamburger, on beach/surf hunts last year! They are flat bottomed with little support! And that was with inserts! My initial half mile walk was fine, with only minor discomfort! But upon my first "deep" scoop with that foot, I felt a pop, and it felt like someone had just "shot" me in the heal! But I continued to hunt with the after-effects anyway! Not smart, but I was just starting! You know how it is! Let's just say, the rest of the hunt, and return trip, along with the rest of the day, has not been fun! I'll probably need a few cortisone shots, crutches, and a new pair of "water boots"! If anyone has some "tried and true" suggestions to keep the support, and the sand out, on and off shore, I'm all ears! Thanks!!👍👍
  17. Is the Green Aftermarket Coil Tab Protector used "to replace" the teardrop washers? In other words, if the coil of my machine is equipped with the "Green Aftermarket Coil Tab Protector," then there is No Need To Be Concerned About the fact that the teardrop washers can not be used in the set up; is that correct? Is the following a true statement: "The teardrop washers and the fact that they do not fit in place any where in conjunction with an installed "Green Aftermarket Coil Tab Protector" is of no consequence." I sure hope so because I can see absolutely no possible way that the teardrop washers can be used in conjunction with the "Green Aftermarket Coil Tab Protector" Best Regards, Steve E. Bryant
  18. Hello, I'm a total newbie. I bought an inexpensive detector called Quick Shooter MD3030. It came from China to Thailand and it also doubles as 'Mental Detector' judging from the picture below. I think I understand more or less by now what it does - there is a sensitivity and selectivity (including notching out in 6 phase shift ranges) target identification value display plus 3 tones audio for different ID ranges. It operates on single frequency of some 6 kHz and seems to have round coils. There is also 'depth indicator' on the display, which I imagine would be the return signal/target strength (or the inverse of it)? I'm not sure if I understand how VLF detectors know the depth of the target. Would anybody be vaguely or intimately familiar with this detector and are there is any technical info or reviews, beyond what I know that I can consult to learn more about it? I don't even know who the manufacturer is... A related question: since this detector doesn't have a background threshold control, would decreasing sensitivity play a similar function? I know that this particular model may not be up to the Board Members' standards but please help the newbie. Many thanks!
  19. As I stating in Gerry's Topic "Does Size and or Success Matter?" I have a follow up question for folks. Again there is no right or wrong answer, more just an open discussion on what you do. When do you consider a patch played out? Do you keep expanding the area even though you've been skunked several times? If so how far do you keep going? How often do you go back to "played out" patches in hopes for finding the ones left behind? Will you scrape a whole are searching for deeper bits? I could keep going on with more questions but I think you are getting my point. When do YOU finally say "I'm done here". I am slightly expecting different answers between those who are hobbyist and those who do this for a living. I would expect those who do this for a living to move on once it does not make financial sense to stay there, but it also might not be as much fun to pick up your scraps when there could be more virgin patches near by. I think this is an interesting topic to discuss and I am curious to see what the more experienced members here have to say!
  20. I recently was looking at a new place when I was hiking and found some interesting samples. I bought a cheap digital microscope to get a closer look and think I found something good but want some opinions before I get them assayed. Anyone want to help?
  21. hello, i love the analogic machine, with no display but only knobs and switch, i have a nautilus dmc iib. i want to buy a fisher cz-3d, i search on field with low grass they have a lot of junk like alumium foil, and iron. the problem is that: in italy the fisher cz-3D cost 1000€ new, i think for an old machine is a very high price. what do you think? there are other brand and model to consider? i already have the makro simplex, teknetics t2
  22. Hey guys, need a little help here. My buddies and I would like to try some gold prospecting with our metal detectors and we all live in Los Angeles. We are experienced detectorists but when it comes to prospecting we are novices. Can you recommend any areas in the Los Angeles area that might be good for guys like us just starting out? My buddies have Equinox 800's and I had a Garrett Goldmaster. Thanks for any advice that you can offer. Bill
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